Managed Cloud Services: Build vs. Rent
Should you build your own cloud computing system or simply leverage a third party cloud service? The answer to that question depends on which managed service provider you ask.
Terremark, a managed service provider in Miami, built its own cloud in its own datacenters, notes Fredric Paul at bMighty.com. But I have to wonder: How many small MSPs could afford to build a similar data center and cloud service? And why not leverage such existing cloud services as:
- Amazon Simple Storage Service
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
- Mosso, the cloud computing division of Rackspace
- Microsoft Azure Services
- JumpBox, and instant infrastructure service that allows MSPs and SaaS providers to launch open source applications in the Amazon.com cloud
My goal isn’t to “endorse” existing cloud services. Rather, to raise the point that the market will soon saturate with third-party, pre-built cloud systems that MSPs can evaluate and leverage for a monthly fee.
With all the third-party cloud services coming online, does it really pay for MSPs to build their own?